2013 Off-Season Speculation/Be the GM Thread
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05-22-2013, 01:55 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
LOL MDZ and Boyle for Yakupov?! Man some people just love to dream big.
Everyone keeps talking about how terrible MDZ is and how Boyle should be on the 4th line.
What a joke. One of Staal/McDonagh/Girardi + Stepan/Brassard/Hagelin would have to be included realistically.
Also on Tortorella: He just brought this team to a 1st place finish and an ECF last year. LAST YEAR. That's why Torts gets more patience and a bigger break than Renney. The rangers made the playoffs after flipping the team for Nash and taking out their depth in a shortened season. Torts needs a full season with a real training camp before even thinking of getting rid of him. Does he need to make some adjustments to his system? Sure. But how short sighted some people are after making the ECF in how long?! Give me a break. Especially since people are saying they want to replace him with Ruff. I'm sure people are gonna say " but but but if Torts changed his system, they would've won the cup!!?!?!!!". Reality is his system made everyone overachieve last year covering certain weaknesses.
Things that I think need to happen:
Buy out Richards. I think it's a given because of the cap hit but wouldn't be disappointed if they kept him around for another year. This is a shortened season and I wouldn't like to give up on him based on that. He led the team in GWG the year before and may have been a bit of a disappointment but still would like him in the 2nd/3rd line.
Resign Clowe- 2-3 yr deal at 3.5 to 4 a year. Is this a risk? Yes but he brings Tougness and offensive capability in the top 6. I can see why people would disagree here
Resign Stepan, Hagelin, Zuccarello, McDonagh. Bring up Miller
Keep MDZ. How old is he and everyone wants to give up on him? That's what got the Rangers in a hole before. Giving up on players way too young
The powerplay needs to be fixed. Bring in a specialist. Fire Sullivan if he's the issue.
Hagelin - Stepan - Nash
MZA/Clowe - Brassard - Callahan
Kreider - Miller/Weiss - Clowe/MZA
Dorsett- Boyle- Asham
McDonagh - Girardi
Staal - Del Zotto
Moore - Stralman
McIlrath hopefully could make the next step and join when there's an injury
I'd like to bring in Weiss on a short term deal but have a feeling he'll be signed somewhere for big money. I think 3C would be the #1 issue for the rangers if they buy out Richards. We can only hope Miller is ready or there's other realistic options.
What Centers would be available besides Weiss?
Do I think this team could win the cup? Yes. Build some chemistry, be reliant on a defensive system, and have Lundqvist keep being Lundqvist. I think the defense could be top 5 in the league and if the powerplay actually looks like a powerplay, they'll have enough offense to succeed on offense. I think I'd like another top 6 forward but I'd rather leave it be than to trade away more assets
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